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Scammers operating illegal call centres in India defraud US citizens of over $10 billion

In 2022, Indian-based phishing groups and scammers will cost US citizens more than $10 billion.

By wasmulhaq 
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New Delhi: In 2022, Indian-based phishing groups and scammers will cost US citizens more than $10 billion. As per the FBI statistics, the majority of these victims were elderly people who had been defrauded of more than $3 billion in the previous two years.

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Under the guise of offering technical support or other assistance, fraudsters operating illegal call centres in India have been concentrating on senior citizens and other Americans. Americans lost $10.2 billion via the Internet or call centre-related fraud in the last 11 months.

This makes it clear that there was a jump of 47 percent in comparison to the previous year, when the total amount lost was estimated to be $6.9 billion.

Earlier this month, Delhi police arrested three men for operating illegal call centres in the capital and in the guise of this defrauding US senior citizens by promising technical support for “malfunctioning” systems.

While three of the accused were apprehended in Delhi during overnight searches, one of their aides was caught by Canadian law enforcement in Toronto, and the other was nabbed by the FBI in New Jersey, in the United States. The police reported that between 2012 and 2020, over 20,000 individuals fell victim to these frauds, costing America $10 million in lost revenue.

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A permanent representative of the FBI has been sent to the US Embassy in New Delhi in light of the rise in frauds coming from India. By collaborating with the CBI, Interpol, and Delhi Police, the FBI hopes to reduce such crimes.

According to frauds reported on the FBI’s website, Suhel Daud, an official attached to the US embassy in Delhi, this type of fraud is responsible for a loss of around Rs 8,000 crore to victims in 2021 and Rs 8,000 crore in the last 11 months of this year.

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